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HelP Preserve Ranger Airfield
Ranger Airfield is maintained by volunteers and donations. With your support the Ranger Airfield Foundation better meets its goal of preserving a piece of early aviation history.
Phase 1 - Construct period hangar (above, left). In addition to space for aircraft, the building will include bathroom and shower facilities, kitchen, shop, and crash pads for overnight help - perfect for those who want to help cover an airplane or mow grass.
Phase 2 - Restore original 1928 hangar (above, right). This hangar still stands, hidden under numerous additions. Originally 60x60, it had 18 large windows, sliding doors, Texas Pacific signage and a Thurber Brick Co. floor that Amelia Earhart herself once walked on. It has been and will continue to be a true, working Golden Age hangar; restored as it was in 1928.
Founder of RAF, the Old School Fly-In & Airshow, and owner of Old Sport Biplane Rides. Jared is a commercial multi-engine rated pilot.
Bob is semi-retired from the Defense Department. He enjoys flying his Boeing Stearman and Beechcraft Bonanza. His son, Ryan, is also a pilot.
Amy began flying at age 21 after taking a loan for flight training. She is multi-engine & instrument rated currently flying copilot on multiple corporate jets.
1927 Travel air 4000
NC6085 was originally powered by a 90 hp OX-5 and trained pilots at Parks Air College in St. Louis, MO. Prior to becoming a crop-duster it was flown at expos where stuntmen jumped off at 5 feet and slid across the ground, on duck hunts with double-barreled shotguns and for wingwalking. It is now powered by a 300 hp nine-cylinder Lycoming.
1929 curtiss-wright A4000
Built in 1929 by Curtiss-Wright after they acquired Travel Air, 8842 was originally powered by a 150 hp Axelson. After the Axelson proved to be unreliable it was swapped for a six-cylinder Curtiss Challenger. As a duster the aircraft had a third engine installed, the 300 hp Lycoming. Last flown in the 70s, 8842 is complete and awaiting a total restoration.
1930 Geebee Model C
The Gee Bee Sportster was a family of sport aircraft built in the United States in the early 1930s by the Granville Brothers of Springfield, Massachusetts. They were low-wing strut and wire-braced monoplanes with open cockpits and originally fitted with a tailskid. The Menasco-powered C cruised 130 mph. A total of 8 Sportsters were built - 4 inline-powered, 4 radial-powered.
1937 Taylor-young a
N19653 is number 260 of 606 built by famed designer C.G. Taylor. After Taylor's original aircraft company was acquired by William Piper he formed what would become Taylor-Young Aeroplane Co. Powered by "40" horsepower Continental A-40s of various models, nearly all Taylor-Young A's, including Ranger's, were single magneto.
1939 Beechcraft F17d
N2626 was delivered new to Standard Oil Co. of New York in 1939. Standard's address at the time was 26 Broadway Street. Like all other Staggerwings, 26's construction was complex and took many man-hours to complete. The Staggerwing's retractable landing gear - uncommon at that time, combined with its streamlining and a powerful radial engine ensured its place as a forever icon of American aviation.
1946 Piper J3c "Cub"
NC7075H was delivered new to Charles Moseley of Texas in late 1946. The Moseley family flew the aircraft 197 hours before parking it in their barn in 1950. It remained there until 2009. Jared Calvert completed the restoration and began flying the Cub in 2011. In 2012, after an accident in Ohio, Jared bought it from the insurance company and is restoring the aircraft to fly again.
1925 Ford Model T
The Ford Model T is an automobile produced by Ford Motor Company from 1908 to 1927. It is regarded as the first affordable automobile that opened travel to the common middle-class American. The Model T has a four-cylinder engine, producing 20 hp, for a top speed of 45 mph. Its transmission was billed as a "three speed". In today's terms it would be considered a two-speed because one of the three "speeds" is reverse.
The Transcontinental Airway System was a navaid constructed across the U.S. from 1923 to 1933 because aircraft of the era lacked the technology for navigation during night flights or through inclement weather. To remedy this, rotating beacons atop 51-foot towers placed on concrete foundations in the shape of giant arrows painted bright yellow were the trick. Ninety years later, with many of the towers and locations lost to time, Ranger's will serve as a reminder of our past.
Why Support Ranger Airfield?
In 1911, a small field in Ranger, Texas welcomed its first aviator - R.G. Fowler in his Wright B biplane. 108 years later pilots still fly from its grass. In 2018, a 30-year lease of the entire field was approved as the city could not afford needed improvements. As all those years before, volunteers still make sure the grass is mowed and RAF welcomes visitors from around the globe to take part in living the past.
Considering donating as a business? Each Old School Fly-In & Airshow pilots fly in two hundred aircraft, making Ranger one of the largest fly-ins in Texas. Combine event attendance with a strong social presence and that is a lot of potential exposure. When the hangar project is completed, attendance and online impressions will only grow. Promote your business by supporting the airfield and help preserve a rare piece of history.
Whether an aircraft, cash donation, artifact or bequest, RAF is a 501(c)(3) organization and your contribution is tax deductible. Contact us with ways you would like to help.
Ranger Airfield Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization which maintains Ranger Airfield without pay. RAF directors are unpaid. To be tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, an organization must be organized and operated exclusively for exempt purposes set forth in section 501(c)(3), and none of its earnings may inure to any private shareholder or individual.